The OCB Program and the activities that it supports provide a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants. OCB welcomes a diversity of views and opinions. Participants are encouraged to respectfully express their viewpoints, with consideration of time and space for other participants to do the same. The OCB Program Code of Conduct, which is guided by the AGU Meetings Code of Conduct, applies to all participants, staff, and support personnel of OCB-sponsored activities, as well as recipients of OCB support to participate in other meetings and activities.
Maintain a respectful and collegiate atmosphere at all times - critique ideas, not individuals
Be aware of your surroundings and of your fellow participants - as a bystander, you are expected to alert OCB staff of troubling behavior - bystander confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent possible
Respect and obey the rules and policies of meeting venues, hotels, and other contracted facilities
OCB does not tolerate
Harassment, bullying, intimidation, or discrimination in any form
Physical or verbal abuse of any participant
Deliberate disruption of in person or virtual presentations (oral, poster, web), phone or web meetings, or any other forms of communication
Consequences and reporting unacceptable behavior
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately; failure to do so will result in removal from the OCB activity without refund
If unacceptable behavior of a participant compromises the comfort or safety of another participant, the perpetrator may be dismissed from the activity without warning or refund, at the discretion of OCB staff
If you are subject to or witness any form of unacceptable behavior, please immediately notify an OCB staff member in person or by email (see OCB Project Office contacts)
If you experience or witness behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety, please contact emergency services (dial 911 in U.S.)
OCB Program Anti-racism
“The only way we can change the geoscience culture is by a massive shift in individual mindsets, with the aim of moving the field from passively non-racist to actively anti-racist.” – Kuheli Dutt (2019) – Nature Geoscience
Many people are subjected to racism on a daily basis, enduring everything from minor inconveniences to fatal interactions. This is intolerable. This week many individuals, organizations, and institutions are issuing thoughtful and powerful statements on their intolerance of racism and injustice. They also are committing to proactive measures to promote inclusion, equity, and diversity in their networks.
OCB pledges to implement anti-racism in its decision-making about leadership, community activities, and capacity building. We all need to educate ourselves as individuals, institutions, and networks, to listen to our colleagues, to self-reflect, and to take part in difficult conversations in order to be the change we want to see. OCB leadership is committed to listening, educating, and engaging with our network in anti-racist action, and we welcome your feedback and participation.
Explore the resources list on the right and feel free to send us additions.
“Racism, injustice and police brutality are awful on their own, but are additionally pernicious because of the brain power and creative hours they steal from us.“ - Ayana E. Johnson (2020) – Washington Post
- Why Search Committees Need to Emphasize Ideological Diversity
- Increase diversity at your institution: Apply to become an AGU Bridge Program partner to recruit and retain underrepresented students in STEM
- Univ California postdoc program targeted at increasing representation of minoritized scholars, apply by November 1
- For decades, NSF has supported broadening participation opportunities for all citizens—women, men, underrepresented minorities & persons with disabilities
- Thread on antiracism by Dr. Corey Garza
- A guide for planning more inclusive mtgs
- Best Practices for Search Committees: Avoiding Bias and Promoting a Diverse Search
- What’s in a Seminar?
- Empowering geoscientists to transform workplace climate
- The time tax put on scientists of colour
- What Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions
- Research in Racial and Social Justice (PNAS)
- Resources from White Academia: Do Better by Jasmine Roberts (Medium)
- Interested in being a STEM mentor for undergraduate students at HBCU's? Fill out our Professional Mentor Interest Form
- Increase diversity at your institution - Apply to become an AGU Bridge Program partner to recruit and retain underrepresented students in STEM. Students who join the Bridge Program are then able to use a free common graduate school application that is shared with multiple partner academic institutions.
- Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment
- The Diversity–Innovation Paradox in Science
- Deep Biases Prevent Diverse Talent from Advancing
- A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead
- Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences
- Deep Biases Prevent Diverse Talent from Advancing
- Black Tech for Black Lives
- Follow #BlackInTheIvory on Twitter
- White Academia: Do Better.
- Smithsonian: Being Antiracist
- Anti-racism resources for white people
- Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week (June 19-25)
- UC Davis STEM Faculty Resource Guide - For Faculty Starting to Learn about Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Anti Racism
- Unpacking Diversity: CEOAS Professional Learning Community (PLC)
- Talking To Kids About Race And Racism -Free Webinar • June 24 •12-12:45pm ET Register
- Anti-racism resources list from the WHOI Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- Nature geoscience comment: Race and racism in the geosciences
- MPOWIR Inclusivity and equity in virtual meetings, resources and suggestions from MPOWIR Virtual Discussion
- NACP Science Community Stands United Against Racism and Injustice